Portola Valley Remodel

Despite the rain and overcast we’ve managed to complete several photo shoots this week. Monday, February 11 we spent the day photographing projects for Gilman’s Kitchens and Baths. With a crew of four we were able to photograph three projects, a project in Campbell, which took the better part of the morning, then a mid-century remodel in Portola Valley and finally a kitchen in Foster City. We left my house at 7 am and were back at 7 pm. The weather worked to our advantage on Monday. For much of the interior photography we do I prefer the soft light of overcast skies. This produces a nice soft light and it helps bring the landscape in without too much contrast. You can see this in the photo above. The green vegetation in the windows seems to compliment the design of the room.

Why does it take four people to photograph a house? I like to have one person on the crew that knows the client’s story and can art direct to make sure we’re capturing the images that tell that story. I also like to have somebody as a stylist that can arrange flowers and props and such. Finally, I like to have an assistant that knows my gear and can help with the technical aspects of creating an image. This might involve putting up drapes or flags to control unwanted reflections. It’s also more fun to work with a crew, particularly if we’ve worked together before and can develop a rhythm to how we work.

New Home in Portola Valley

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Yesterday evening found us in Portola Valley on the site of a beautiful new home. Designed by architects Mark Tetrault and Marc Lindsell of 2M Architecture and built by Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders. We had a crew of five on the photo shoot, both Mark and Marc from 2M, Kimberly Moses
of Kimberly Moses Design, the landscape architect, my assistant Marco Hyman and myself.  At dusk with had two cameras going, with Marco on one side of the house and me on the other. I believe we captured some stunning photos of a truly amazing project. This marks my fifth visit to this location, since we originally visited the site to walk-through and photograph the interior, followed by two days of photography to capture the interiors, another visit in the spring to plan the exterior photos, and last night to capture the exterior images with the landscaping in place.